March is here and we started doing our monthly research for the best Android tablets and smartphones. We now have more Android tablets than ever on the market, so you do have a lot of choices if you’re looking for a new one.
We’re going to sort tablets by size and we have three 7-inch tablets, five 8-inch ones, one 9-incher, five are the classic 10-inch size and there’s also one huge 12-inch tablet.
7 Inch Tablets
Google Nexus 7 2013
The Google Nexus 7 2013 is probably the fastest tablet of them all. Even if it’s smaller and doesn’t have exactly the latest high-end hardware, stock Android makes it blazing fast. If you’re looking for a small tablet, then this is our best recommendation for you.
The Nexus 7 comes with a lot of advantages, like stock Android, no bloatware and instant Android updates, like all Nexus devices. It features a 1.5Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP primary camera, along with a 1.2MP frontal one, and a 1,200×1,920 7-inch display with 323 PPI density. It comes with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, but it doesn’t feature a microSD card slot, unfortunately.
You can order the Google Nexus 7 from Amazon.
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 comes with better hardware than the Nexus 7, but it runs on Amazon’s proprietary version of Android, which means you don’t have access to the Play Store or Google Services. This can really be a setback for many, but if you’re more interested in Amazon’s content, then it can be a really good choice.
The retailer has replaces the Play Store with their own app store, which offers a lot of apps, books, movies and music. And while the tablet’s hardware is better than the Nexus 7’s, it doesn’t feel as fast.
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 features a 2.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU, a 1.3MP camera, along with the same 1,200×1,920 display that’s found on the Nexus 7. It comes with 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of internal storage and runs on a customized version of Android Jelly Bean, along with Fire OS 3.0 Mojito UI.
Order the Kingle Fire HDX 7 from Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0
The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is a mid-end tablet that comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its specs are way inferior to the previous two tablets. It features a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3.15MP primary camera and a 1.3MP frontal one, 8GB or 16GB of storage, and a 600×1,024 pixels 7-inch display (170PPI).
There’s a huge difference in speed between the Galaxy Tab 3 and the Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX, but its price is also lower. So if you’re looking for a low-cost 7-inch tablet, then this might be the choice for you.
You can find the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 on Amazon.
8 Inch Tablets
LG G Pad 8.3
This is the tablet Google might use it for its supposedly upcoming Nexus 8 device and it’s also probably the fastest 8-inch Android tablet on the market. In our opinion, this is your best choice if you’re looking for a high-end and relatively cheap Android tablet.
The LG G Pad 8.3 sports a 1.7Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. It has a high resolution display of 1,200×1,920 pixels with a 273PPI density, which looks simply amazing.
It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but it will soon be updated to the latest version, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, so you shouldn’t worry about this.
You can order the LG G Pad 8.3 from Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4
The Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 is probably the most high-end tablet in its size category, featuring a 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP frontal one.
It comes straight out of the box with Android 4.4.2 KitKat and it has the best display you can get, a 1,600×2,560 Super Clear LCD with a 359PPI density.
This is clearly the most powerful tablet of them all, but during our tests, the LG G Pad 8.3 felt faster and more responsive, which makes us believe the Tab Pro 8.4 isn’t worth the price, considering this is also the most expensive 8-inch tablet on the market right now.
Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 can be ordered from Amazon.
Lenovo Yoga 8
The Yoga 8 might look a bit different from the other tablets you’ve seen, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. The tablet is very thin, but it has a thick side where the battery is located and it has been designed so you can easily hold it with one hand. The thick side also has an adjustable kickstand, which can prove to be very useful and you can use it in any way you want without the need of a case.
It might not come with the best hardware, but it surely is fast, so you shouldn’t worry about that. The Lenovo Yoga 8 features a 1.2Ghz quad-core Mediatek processor, 1GB of RAM, a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, a 5MP primary camera, along with a 1.6MP frontal one and 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, expandable by up to 64GB through a microSD card slot.
It’s display doesn’t have a very good resolution unfortunately, but it looks decently. It has a 1,280×800 pixels (189PPI) IPS LCD display and it runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Order the Lenovo Yoga 8 directly from Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has similar specs to the Yoga 8, with a quad-core 1.6Ghz Exynos 4412 processor, a Mali-400MP GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP primary camera and a 1.3MP frontal one, and a 800×1,280 pixels TFT display (189PPI).
It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and there are two storage options: 16GB or 32GB, expandable through the microSD card slot by up to 64GB.
Order the Galaxy Note 8 from Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0
The Galaxy Tab 3 is a mid-end tablet, which sports the same display as the Note 8, but is less powerful. It comes with a 1.5Ghz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor, a Mali-400MP GPU, a 5MP primary camera and a 1.3MP frontal one, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, and the 800×1,280 pixels TFT display with a 189PPI density.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and it can be a good choice for a lower price tablet.
You can find the Galaxy Tab 3 on Amazon.
9 Inch Tablets
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is the single Android tablet this size. We’ve included it in the 9-inch category, because it’s just 0.1-inch away from that. Also it’s significantly bigger than 8-inch ones and smaller than 10.1-inch tablets. If you’re looking for something in-between, then this is your only choice.
First of all you should know that all Amazin Kindle Fire tablets come with a customized version of Android, with the Play Store and Google Services. This means you will be restricted to Amazon’s app store.
The Kindle Fire HDX sports a 2.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP frontal one, an 1,600×2,560 pixels display (339PPI), and it comes with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
You can find the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 on Amazon.
10 Inch Tablets
Google Nexus 10
The Nexus 10 is a relatively old tablet, being released back in 2012, but it’s still pretty good and it comes with a low price tag. It’s biggest advantages are that it comes with stock Android, which can be updated once Google releases a new version.
It features an 1.7Ghz dual-core Exynos 5250 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP primary camera and a 1.9MP frontal one. It has a great Super PLS TFT display with a resolution of 2,560×1,600 and 299PPI.
The Nexus 10 can be ordered from Amazon.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
One of the best 10-inch Android tablets, the Sony Xperia Tablet Z comes with a 1.5Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8.1MP primary camera and a 2.2MP frontal one, an 1,200×1,920 LED-backlit LCD display (224PPI), 16GB or 32GB of internal memory, expandable by a microSD card by up to 64GB, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, updateable to 4.3 and an upcoming 4.4 KitKat update.
The Xperia Tablet Z is also water and dust resistant, which makes it a really good choice in its category.
You can order the Xperia Tablet Z on Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a mid-end tablet, with a really low price and it’s probably the slowest of them all. We only recommend you this tablet if your budget is very tight.
It features a 1Ghz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage expandable by up to 32GB, an 800×1,280 PLS TFT display (129PPI), a 3.15MP primary camera and a VGA secondary one.
You can find the Tab 2 10.1 on Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1
This is the next version of the previous tablet and it comes with slightly improved hardware, but it’s also not one of the best on the market.
The Tab 3 10.1 sports a 1.6Ghz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 3.15MP primary camera and a 1.3MP frontal one, an 800×1,280 TFT display (149PPI), and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
You can order the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 on Amazon.
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
The Asus Transformed Pad TF701T is a really powerful 10-inch tablet and it features impressive hardware, along with a great display. Inside it you will find a 1.9Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, an ULP GeForce GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, expandable by up to 64GB.
It comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and it features a 5MP primary camera, along ith a 1.2MP frontal one. It’s Super IPS+ LCD 1,600×2,560 pixels display has a density of 299PPI and it looks amazing.
It can be ordered on Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014
The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is one of the high-end tablets in our list. You will find very good hardware inside it and it sports one of the best displays found on a tablet, while it comes with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, that will soon be updated to 4.4 KitKat.
The tablet is powered by a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor (LTE model) or an Exynos 5 Octa processor (3G model), along with 3GB of RAM, an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP frontal one, an 1,600×2,560 Super Clear LCD display (299PPI), and it comes with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot.
You can order the Galaxy Note 10.1 on Amazon.
Lenovo Yoga 10
Like we’ve said previously about the Yoga 8, this tablet has a differnt shape. It’s much thicker on one side and it’s been designed like this so it can be easily held with just one hand. It also features a kickstand that can be really useful to hold the tablet in whatever position you want.
The Yoga 10 is a mid-end tablet, featuring a quad-core 1.2Ghz Mediatek MT8125 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP primary camera and a 1.6MP frontal one, an 800×1,280 pixels display (149PPI), and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
You can find the Yoga 10 on Amazon.
12 Inch Tablets
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
The first thing we feel like we have to say about the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is that it’s huge. This is much bigger than 10-inch tablets, but it’s also much better watching movies on it, though it’s weight can make it pretty uncomfortable.
As you’d expect from such a tablet, it features very good hardware, including the 1.9Ghz quad-core Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor, Mali-T628 MP6 GPU, 3GB of RAM, an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP frontal one, an 1,600×2,560 Super Clear LCD display (247PPI), and it comes with 32GB or 64GB of internal memory, expandable by up to 64GB.
This tablet can be ordered from Amazon.
Now that we’ve presented you no less than 17 Android tablets, we’ll have to give you some buying suggestions. Our opinion is that the best 7-inch tablet is the Nexus 7 2013, by far.
For the 8-inch size we’d pick the LG G Pad 8.3, while our favorite 10-inch tablet is the Asus Transformer Pad TF701T. In the 9 and 12-inch categories there’s only one tablet, so you shouldn’t have any trouble choosing.